Turning over Tables

There are people who get out of control when they are angry. Maybe you’ve seen someone at work or on the highway (road rage) or even at home. Sadly, those demonstrations have caused deaths in many cases. However demonstrations are often necessary to get our attention and to communicate something completely unacceptable. And I know there are those who would say, “there are other ways to communicate that do not cause harm to others,” and I agree totally. However, again, demonstrations are sometimes necessary when the message is not getting through.

When Jesus entered the temple and saw the mockery to God that was taking place, he made a demonstration.

Matthew 21:12-13 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”

We can only imagine the reaction that came from this sudden demonstration. Jesus turned over tables and ran people out. What Jesus was responding to was a disgrace to God, and I think He got everyone’s attention— even his disciples were a little bit uncomfortable. He got their attention and made His point.

I can promise you that today, God wants your attention and He knows how to get it. God’s preference is always that we would respond to His word, but when nothing else breaks the sound barriers of our hard hearts, He is not opposed to turning over the tables of our lives to get our attention. He’s going to do it again one day, so it is in our best interest to give Him our full and undivided attention today. You do that by seeking Him in prayer and by constantly talking to Him throughout the day. He knows who is paying attention and who is not.

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